The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima
Paperback, 586 pgs.
Published September 28th, 2010 by Hyperion
Reading Level: Young Adult
You can't always run from danger...
Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean danger isn’t far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery—but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.
Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden's Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.
The Exiled Queen is an epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.
Wow. This series has turned out to be unbelievable. So. freaking. GOOD! I seriously urge everyone to read them, if you enjoy fantasy at all you'll love this series! The characters are amazing, the story line is unbelievable, the writing is gorgeous. Read it!
The following may be spoiler'y for the previous book, The Demon King.
I've heard people say that they thought this was better than the first book and I don't think I really agree with that, but it was amazing. And the romance that finally occurs is definitely better then the first one and I was happy to finally get some real romance action!
This book mostly takes place at Oden's Ford where everyone is going to school. And while it wasn't as action'y as the first it still kept me enthralled from page one. I was watching as Han learned magic finally and although at times I was afraid for some of his actions I was proud of most of the decisions he made.
Rebecca, Raisa, whatever her name may be or which person she's currently 'being' is such a great character. She's a truly good person and is concerned about the people of her realm. I enjoyed watching her grow as a character and find some inner strength. Actually, I think she found it more in the last book but she had to keep it. She had to stay strong with some very tough decisions and situations.
I love when authors create villains who you end up feeling mixed feelings for. Yeah, they are bad but when they end up doing something not so bad then it messes with your head. Especially when another evil is thrown in and they are the lesser of the two evils. It just makes for an interesting story and keeps you on your toes.
Okay, so I briefly mentioned romance. I'm not going to get into it, or say much at all about it, other then it is awesome. I was craving one of those kisses that makes your toes curl and I got it! It was the perfect kiss. Thank you Cinda for finally giving it to me!
I highly, highly recommend this book and I cannot wait to read The Gray Wolf Throne!
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